I bet you don’t know that there is a home improvement investment that you can make that will increase the value of your house more than the investment cost. It’s not remodeling your bathroom (2 percent return). It’s not landscaping with a designer (break even). It’s not remodeling your kitchen (2 percent loss). It’s rooftop solar (43 percent return). Surprise!
We’re blessed with both a lot of sunshine and a lot of trees in Southern Oregon. Sometimes the very trees we love the most block our solar access and make siting a solar electric system difficult. So, how do we coexist with trees, deal with shading issues, get the most out of our solar electric systems, and do the right thing for the environment? The answer begins by hiring the right solar professionals.
Environmental groups, small businesses, and clean energy advocates held an all-day event in the Oregon State Capitol during the State Legislature’s January Legislative Days to highlight the advances in solar technology and to celebrate the exciting future of solar power in Oregon. The 2015 Legislative Session begins on February 2nd, and several bills related to solar power have already been filed.
Many people are working out in the elements as temperatures are rising. Eric Hansen is co-owner and general manager at True South Solar in Ashland. Hansen said installing solar panels on a roof can be uncomfortable and temperatures can get up to 140 degrees. Hansen said his employees get on the roof as early as six in the morning and get off as soon as possible.
Rogue Creamery has been dedicated to sustainability in its cheesemaking, fully participating in the 3 R’s: reducing waste, reusing whey, and using recycled content in packaging. Turning on the power for our solar panels gave Cary and me such great joy,” notes David Gremmels. “Knowing we are helping the environment by watching the energy consumption move backwards is too impressive for words. Bring on the sun!”
Bonnie Johnson and Paul Torrence represent ideal candidates for a residential grid-tied system. The retired couple has a goal of achieving net zero energy use and prior to the PV installation had invested in energy-efficient household appliances. The installed 6.58 kW array is sized to generate approximately 75% of their annual electricity. When a planned domestic solar water heating system is installed, their overall energy use will be close to net zero.